When the Bucs practice on Wednesday to get ready for the Saints, it will be the first time we see Antonio Brown on the field working with his new team. The Bucs officially activated Brown to the 53-man roster after his eight game suspension was up.

In order to make room on the roster, the Bucs waived speedy wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr., who returned one kick for 20 yards and had no catches on three targets in 2020.

Brown was brought in as an insurance policy for the Bucs’ wide receiver group that has seen Chris Godwin already miss four games this season while Mike Evans and Scotty Miller have played through their own injuries during the year.

Even when the whole unit gets healthy as the season goes along, Brown is expected to play a big role in the Bucs’ offense as he brings the talent of 11,263 career receiving yards and 75 career touchdowns with him. We could see a lot of three wide receiver and even four receiver sets with Evans, Godwin, Brown and Miller all lined up.

Brown is set to make his debut for the Bucs at home on Sunday night against the Saints with first place in the NFC South on the line. Bruce Arians said that the amount of playing time he’ll get depends on the ebb and flow of the game.

“It really depends on how the game goes,” Arians said. “If we’re successful with the package that we put him in, we’ll probably run it more. He’ll have his role – it could be 10 plays [or] it could be 35 plays. I wouldn’t anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we’ll just see how it goes.”

The Bucs made some moves on the practice squad as well by signing offensive lineman John Molchon while also activating running back Kenjon Barber from the Reserved/Suspended list. They waived offensive guard Zack Bailey along with Aca’Cedric Ware from the squad.

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Spitfire (@spitfire)
1 year ago

Hopefully he gets himself straight and plays hard. He will be invaluable if he hasn’t lost anything on his game.

Any word on how Josh Rosen is doin on the Practice Squad? Just curious because I think that could end up bein an important move for the future if he learns the playbook and does well.

PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
1 year ago

Here we go…

geno711 (@geno711)
1 year ago

Is that the picture of when Brent Grimes played off of Brown by 10 yards when it was 1st and goal at the Buc’s 7 yard line?

Just hated the way Grimes made that TD so easy for AB.

RW (@rwp111)
1 year ago

Brown is a huge upgrade to the receiving group. Now they have two guys, Godwin and Brown that can’t be covered one on one. Those guys will free up Evans and Gronk from getting double teamed. Going to be fun to watch if that group can get healthy.

Eddie (@oct62020)
Reply to  RW
1 year ago

Brown has not played in a real game for a while. An unknown in game situation

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1 year ago


surferdudes (@surferdudes)
1 year ago

I’ll remind everyone Mickens took Godwin’s place Monday. I feel better knowing A.B. will be taking that spot against N.O.. That’s all that matters this week. I’m not worried about how he’ll act down the road. I’m worried about how he plays Sunday.

eaustinyoung (@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Hell if he can get the Bucs through to the bye week and nothing else, I’ll still call it a good move.

Eddie (@oct62020)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
1 year ago

Wise thoughts

Eddie (@oct62020)
1 year ago

New to this board. Was a Patriot fan and experienced AB’s excitement and let down in Oakland and New England. Buc’s fan, don’t expect too much from him. Expect an off field issue blow up down the road. Also expect a few good games from him and that is it. Hopefully he can provide some relief for the regular receivers to heal up for the play off. Edelman will be a much better choice come next season when he healed up